PURPOSE: The Public Affairs team tells the Red Cross story. They connect the public with our mission and activities. Through this, they support recruiting new volunteers, developing partners, education, and donor support. On this team, we have story tellers, videographers, photographers, bloggers, public speakers; students, retirees and working professionals.
ACTIVITIES * Serve as media spokesperson for local news outlets in person, over the phone or through Skype interviews. * Work with chapter and regional leadership to write and pitch local stories to local media. * Write and distribute media advisories and press releases. * Maintain list of subject matter experts to speak with media. * Maintain media log of queries, interviews and news stories. * Create and maintain media lists. * Be on call during shifts to vet and assess media inquires, share information on smaller incidents, and notify leadership of need to scale up response.
During Disasters: * Carry out the same duties from: Red Cross shelters, aid stations, warehouses, emergency operations centers, etc.
Blogging/Social Media Content Creation
Want to flex your writing skills? I’d love to have you! Check out our blog here to see some of our latest works from our team. We can always use more writers. Please reach out if interested. You can do both work for our blog and social media TRAINING
Red Cross orientation (mission,values, culture, history, lines of service)
Database and system training (Volunteer Connection, Brand Central)
Disaster Public Affairs training (if you are interested; not a requirement)
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross Central California Region serves over 4.2 million residents throughout 11 counties: Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura.
Boots on the Ground -- Your role could be to respond to home fires and other emergencies in your community, conduct in-home smoke alarm installation and fire safety education visits, or working in a wildfire shelter providing safe accommodations.
Instructor/Presenter positions to deliver education programs focused on preparedness, disasters and how to "Be Red Cross Ready" to adults and youth.
Client Facing Help Our Clients - Your role could be working with a family after a home fire, helping people locate loved ones after a war or natural disaster, or assisting military families with emergency communications and other services. This work can be emotionally draining but also deeply satisfying as you provide aid and comfort in someone’s time of need.
Lead the Way - "Leadership" volunteers guide our efforts, inspire our volunteers and hold us accountable to the highest standards. Your role could be to lead a small team of fellow volunteers, act as an advisor to a Red Cross Club for youth, or joining our Board of Directors.
Tell the Red Cross Story - Communications & Outreach volunteers educate the public about Red Cross services and stories in your community. Your role could be to represent the Red Cross at community events, work with your local media, or tell Red Cross stories through marketing, social media, or photography.
Veterans & Military Families
We'll work with your schedule.
2707 State StreetSanta Barbara, CA93105
October 13, 2020
Basic Computer Skills
Online Flash/Video Production
Must be at least 18
Flexible, but need individuals who can commit at least 10 hours per month.
Must be detail oriented, can meet deadlines, a team player and work well with others